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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s genericclomid.net leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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ARCA offers a comprehensive range of CSCS cards

ARMI Skills Cards available for the licensed asbestos removal industry

The Association offers the full range of CSCS cards for individuals working in the licensed asbestos management industry to gain access to construction sites, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme.

Asbestos removal operatives, supervisors and managers, are able to gain temporary red cards, (experienced worker, trained) a blue skilled worker, a gold supervisor or black manager card.

Asbestos analysts and surveyors, are able to gain temporary red cards, (apprentice, trainee), and a white academically qualified person card, which is also available as a joint asbestos analyst/surveyor card.

“We are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive range of CSCS cards to the asbestos management industry. This supports our members as CSCS cards are a requirement on many construction sites, as they verify that individuals have the training, qualifications and experience for the work that they carry out,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“The Association receives applications for both physical and virtual cards on a daily basis and continues to process these in just four working days, providing an efficient service to employers and individuals.”

Applications for all asbestos industry CSCS cards can be made by employers or individuals, with proof of the required training and/or qualification(s) for that particular card.

Information on all CSCS cards, together with application forms is available at www.arca.org.uk and www.atac.org.uk

Additional site audit bookings at new high

During the first half of this year ARCA saw more additional site audits booked and completed for members than ever before.

ARCA continues to see an increase in the number of additional site audits booked by members, with the first half of this year showing a 72% increase compared to the first half of last year.

“Members see the benefit of additional site audits in supporting their full audit programme and this increase reinforces the creditability of our audits,” commented Geoff Silver, Membership Compliance Manager for ARCA.

“Our additional site audits follow the same criteria as those audits under the Association’s site audit accreditation scheme. This allows direct comparison of results, which provides a stronger management tool.”

Members can request an additional site audit to be ‘unannounced’, so that they and their on-site team have no prior notice, or ‘arranged’, whereby the member can ask for a specific site (and time) to be audited, which could be for a number of reasons, such as, a new supervisor is on that site or the team is undertaking removal in a difficult location.

More information on additional site audits, together with a booking form, can be found here.

ARCA News Magazine Summer 2019 available online

In the latest issue of the ARCA News Magazine you can read about association and industry news, including the new developments to the ARCA Member Internal Audit App and HSE comments regarding the new asbestos licence renewal process.

Also, there aARCA NEWS Issue105_Summer19_COVER IMAGE copyre articles on guidance, risk management, what UKAS accreditation entails and mental well-being in the work place, as well as a look at one member’s journey through CITB funding and NVQ planning/assessments.

You will also find information on how to register for your free ticket to Contamination Expo 2019.

Don’t miss reading ARCA News, the journal for asbestos management professionals.

Issue 105 is available online here.


NVQs require effective planning

ARCA can provide an efficient assessment process

Candidates can gain an NVQ in the shortest possible time when the assessment process is planned well in advance, especially as a candidate can need up to three assessment sites and dates scheduled.

By discussing appropriate sites and timings, ARCA will be able to provide members with the best possible assessment plan for a Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ. Also, members can plan by prioritising candidates based on their CSCS card requirements or card expiry.

“It is important for members to plan well in advance, as we need a number of suitable asbestos removal sites to assess a candidate and construct a portfolio of evidence that covers all the necessary criteria,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

“More members are now effectively planning all NVQs with us, so that candidates are able to complete their NVQ assessments in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

Don’t delay… start planning your NVQs with ARCA today, call us on 01283 505777.

CSCS to end exemption to CITB Test

Currently if an applicant for a CSCS card has achieved an NVQ within the last 2 years, they do not have to sit the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

However, following the announcement by CSCS on 17th June this exemption will be withdrawn on 2nd September 2019 to meet the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Therefore, all applicants for CSCS cards will be required to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test regardless of when they obtained their NVQ.

If a CSCS card was gained without taking the CITB test, it will remain valid until the expiry date on the card. An applicant will need to undertake/pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test to renew the card.

Further information is available at www.cscs.uk.com/test-exemption